Affiliations: Department of Construction Management and Industrial
Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Note:  Address for correspondence: Fereydoun Aghazadeh, 3128 CEBA
Bldg., Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering,
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA. Tel.: +1 225 578 5367;
E-mail: [email protected]
Abstract: This study was conducted to investigate the effect of wearing a
VKK-6M pressure suit on functional reach limitations. Participants' reach data
were collected with and without-suit and analyzed to see the effect of pressure
suit on reach. The study concludes that wearing pressure suit reduces the
average reach significantly by 3.57 cm. The 5th percentile Asian and American
reach envelopes are derived for placement of critical cockpit controls.
Population-reach study shows a significant difference in shoulder breadth of
Americans and Asians, but no apparent relationship between bideltoid breadth
and thumb tip reach is found.
Keywords: Maximum reach envelope, workplace design, engineering anthropometry, pressure suit